Flag flying days in Norway

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This is a list of flag flying days in Norway.

Dates when the Norwegian state flag is flown by all branches of government and state agencies are listed in Article 4 of the regulations concerning the use of the state flag and the merchant flag, as modified by Royal Resolution of 3 December 2004.[1] Civilians are also encouraged to display the national flag on these days. The flag is flown on the birthday of a member of the Norwegian Royal House, on some Christian holidays and on the dates of significant events of Norwegian history.

On the Day of the Sami people both state institutions and civilians are encouraged but not required to fly the Sami flag in addition to the Norwegian flag.[2]

Full staff[edit]

The Norwegian flag is flown at full staff on the following days:

Date Occasion
1 January New Year's Day[3]
21 January Birthday of Princess Ingrid Alexandra[3]
6 February Day of the Sami people Sami flag[3]
21 February Birthday of King Harald V[3]
1 May Public holiday (Labour Day)[3]
8 May Liberation Day (liberation from the German occupation of Norway, 1945)[3]
17 May Constitution Day (1814) National Day of Norway [3]
7 June Union Dissolution Day (end of the Swedish-Norwegian Union, 1905)[3]
4 July Birthday of Queen Sonja[3]
20 July Birthday of Crown Prince Haakon Magnus[3]
29 July Olsok (Day of Saint Olaf, king and patron saint of Norway)[3]
19 August Birthday of Crown Princess Mette-Marit[3]
25 December Christmas[3]
Moveable Easter[3]
Moveable Pentecost Day[3]
Moveable Parliamentary election day[3]

Half staff[edit]

On days designated as official days of mourning the state flag is to be flown at half staff by state and government agencies. There are no permanent days of mourning and this provision only comes into use upon the death of a member of the Royal House or as designated by the Government. Upon the death of a member of the Royal House the flag is to be displayed at half staff each day from the announcement of death until the end of the burial. If the burial service of a non-royal person connected to an individual public institution occurs on a flag flying day the flag flown by that institution is lowered to half staff until the burial service is over.[4]

Former flag days[edit]

The flag is flown for living members of the Royal House. When a royal dies or leaves the Royal House, their birthday is no longer a flag flying day. The Royal House is defined to only consist of the Monarch, those directly in line of succession and their spouses. The three living princesses have left the Royal House in connection with their marriages.[5]

Date Occasion
2 July Birthday of King Olav V from 1905 to 1991[6]
3 August Birthday of King Haakon VII from 1905 to 1957[6]
26 November Birthday of Queen Maud from 1905 to 1938[6]
28 March Birthday of Crown Princess Märtha from 1929 to 1954[7]
9 June Birthday of Princess Ragnhild from 1931 to 1953[8][9]
12 February Birthday of Princess Astrid from 1932 to 1961[10][11]
22 September Birthday of Princess Märtha Louise from 1971 to 2004[12]

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ "Regulations concerning the use of the state flag and the merchant flag" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  2. ^ "Press Release from the Prime Minister concerning the Sami day as an official flag day" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Res. regarding the flag flying days" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-04-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Norwegian Foreign Ministry rules on flag flying" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Royal House web page on the members of the Royal House and Royal Family". Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  6. ^ a b c "Original regulation containing the flag days from 1905". Archived from the original on October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Res. concerning the addition of H.R.H. The Crown Princess' birthday to (the list of) the official flag-flying days". Archived from the original on October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  8. ^ "Royal resolution of 6 February 1931: Concerning flag-flying on the birthday of H.R.H. Princess Ragnhild Alexandra". Archived from the original on October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Royal resolution of 11. september 1953: Concerning the cessation of H.R.H. Princess Ragnhild's birthday as official flag-flying day". Archived from the original on October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  10. ^ "Royal resolution of 16 December 1932: (1) Concerning the addition of H.R.H. Princess Astrid Maud Ingeborg's birthday 12 February among the official flag-flying days". Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  11. ^ "Royal resolution of 27 January 1961: Concerning the cessation of Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner's birthday (12 February) as official flag flying day". Archived from the original on October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  12. ^ "Press release concerning cessation of Princess Märtha Louise's birthday as official flag flying day" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

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